Tywyn Baptist Church - serving the community
Tywyn Baptist Church is situated on the west coast of the southernmost part of Snowdonia in the small town of Tywyn. The population of 3000 is boosted in the summer months by the holiday makers who flock to the area to enjoy the unspoiled beaches, surrounding mountains and other delights in this beautiful part of Wales. A number of these visitors are a great encouragement to us as they regularly join us for worship on Sundays.
In recent years the church leadership has consisted of an eldership team, ably supported by deacons. The vision for the church has always been to be an active part of the local community – bringing Jesus with us where we are. As well as being a place to gather for worship, the church building is in use most days offering a variety of activities across all age ranges, and rooms are also used by local societies and groups for their own meetings.
Pastoral needs became apparent locally, which our hard-pressed leadership team were finding difficult to meet. We sought advice and assistance from our Union, and were greatly helped by our Regional Minister Phil Jump. There had been tension amongst members over the issues of appointing a Pastor/Minister and extending the building. The whole church had several meetings with Phil in which his God-given gift of wisdom and counsel became very apparent. After much prayer, the feeling was that we should not choose one option, but go for both. We continued to pray into this two-fold vision, and our prayers were answered.
We sought a minister, and thanks to the assistance of the Home Mission Fund, we had the joy of appointing the Revd Suzanne Roberts in May 2011, to work as part of the leadership team, with a focus on pastoral care. Her work among members and in the community is much valued. The building fund grew slowly but steadily, thanks to the generosity of members, friends and supporters, and our faith in our wonderful provider God was fulfilled when we received a most generous grant from the Welsh Government and smaller grants from other Trusts - enabling us to finally press ahead with the building development project.
A missing age group in the church was young families. This concern became a focus for prayer, and over a period of a few months, our prayers were answered as several young families were added to the church family. These folk are now actively involved in outreach, chidlren’s work and discipling. Those more senior in years have also joined with us and both young and old have been baptised, expressing their faith in a gracious Saviour.
In July 2014 we look forward to the official opening of our new extension. There is still much to do, and our prayer continues to be that, united in Jesus and enabled by the Holy Spirit, we may continue to serve and be very much a part of, the community in which we live, to the glory of God.
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